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Maryland has increased its effort to connect hungry families to services, improving from 42nd to 38th nationally in food stamp utilization. This increased utilization is mirrored in the rise in enrollments since 2008. Frustration with enrollment processes for food stamps and other social service programs led to the convening of a “No Wrong Door” working group during the 2010 legislative session and a final report being submitted to the General Assembly in June of 2011. The report contains recommendations for the provision of public benefits and social services through a fully integrated system which would allow families to apply for multiple benefits through a single entry portal.